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Monthly Archives: March 2016
Wow! What a wonderful day we’ve had at the .Com!
Friday’s schedule included a myriad of different classes that our Retreat attendees had the option of taking.
We kicked off the day with an Elizabeth Bradley beginner class, taught by none other than Nancy Young. We had originally scheduled only one E.B. beginner class for later in the afternoon, but when that sold out and we were still getting requests for spots, we decided we really had to offer another! Nancy teaches all the master joining classes both in the United States, as well as overseas in UK and has stitched so many incredible rugs and pillows over the years. If you want to learn the E.B. technique- she’s the one to study with! I know all of our stitchers had a wonderful time in the class- they were all so anxious to pick out more kits to take home!
Later in the afternoon, we were lucky enough to have Joan Lohr join us to teach her Kirk and Bradley Snow Cone. She had previously taught this piece at the TNNA show this past January when Kirk and Bradley released their six new snow cones. Joan is such a beautiful stitcher (and that snow cone is so gosh darn cute!) that of course we decided she HAD to come to Needlepoint.Com to share the class with us too. It seems people just can’t get enough of these little guys!
I spent my afternoon teaching this darling little Kirk and Bradley ribbon work canvas, and I wanted to share some photos with you all from our workshop. I had the best group of stitchers in my class. They all picked up the new techniques so quickly, and were so eager to learn! Ribbon work can be tricky, but everyone worked so hard to master all the new stitches!
Anyways… I’m off to bed now, but I can hardly wait to teach more. Our Hot Air Balloons are scheduled for all day tomorrow, so I’m sure it will be just as busy as today! As always, I promise more photos and updates for those of you who couldn’t make it this weekend.
Happy Thursday, everyone!
Over the next few days we are offering many classes of various sizes, that our attendees have signed up for. Kirk and Bradley’s beautiful Hot Air Balloons, the amazing Haunted Halloween series and the charming Santa’s Workshop are among the classes being featured this weekend.
Over the next few days I’ll be sure to share lots of behind the scenes photos of our classes, exclusive shopping events and our wine and cheese party, for those of you who were unable to join us in Raleigh this time.
Until then…. time for me to get some rest! It’s going to be a busy next few days!
Since the class sold out almost immediately at the Retreat, I will be teaching this sweet ornament again on Saturday April 16th from 10 am -12:30 pm.
I had wanted to teach a Silk Ribbon Technique class from the day I started at Needlepoint.Com. When I couldn’t find a canvas that was just right for the project, we reached out to Vernon Kirk of Kirk & Bradley in the UK to help design us the perfect canvas to work with! Of course he and Katie captured exactly what I had in mind… didn’t it turn out just beautifully?
The class offers a lovely sampling of beginning ribbon techniques, and also gives you a wonderful finished project. The perfect opportunity to learn some new stitches!
The class is limited to eight students and is a Needlepoint.Com exclusive, so don’t wait to sign up! It’s half full already! The $125 price includes the canvas, threads and stitch guide. Call the shop at 919-828-5538 today.
Hope to see y’all then!
Happy Sunday, everyone!
There have been so many exciting things going on at Needlepoint.Com lately- the Raleigh Retreat and Sights and Scenes of London featured in Needlepoint Now– I’m excited to share with you our newest Mini Hot Air Balloon Club!
My favorite thing about these balloons is how versatile they really are! While I know these will be making an appearance on our Christmas Tree- I think they would make the perfect addition to your Easter, or Valentines Day decorations, too. Plus, with their soft pastel colors, I think they would make the sweetest baby gift ever!
The new club begins April 1st, and includes all six of the new Kirk and Bradley Mini Hot Air Balloons, a stitch guide, and all the threads you will need to complete the project! One new canvas will arrive at your doorstep each month. The Mini balloons are stitched with lots of fun techniques- beading, crescents, stripped Kreinik couching- these little guys are the perfect opportunity to learn something new! On the other hand, if you’re intimidated by all the different stitches in there, all the threads included in the kit could be used to Basketweave your project- you would just need to order a little extra background thread, since the background in the kit is an open stitch.
Here is a closeup of my favorite balloon, stitched:
PS. If you’re a fan of these little guys, make sure to check out our larger Single and Multi Hot Air Balloon Class. For those of you unable to make it to the shop, they will be available to order as kits soon!
Happy Saturday, everyone!
This is such an exciting blog post to be writing. Over the summer, some of you may have seen on Instagram a few snaps of a Kirk and Bradley piece I had been working on called Sights and Scenes of London. Well, it’s featured this month with a copy of my stitch guide in Needlepoint Now!
I loved this piece from the moment I saw it- it was one of my first projects I took on when I started working for the Elizabeth Bradley Family and Needlepoint.Com. It reminds me of the happy time my family spent overseas in the UK when my dad was transfered there for work. It’s got images of the Queen’s Guards marching in formation, Big Ben, double decker busses- just like the ones I rode to and from school every day- all of London’s major landmarks that remind me of my home away from home.
This canvas provided lots of areas to use fun threads with different textures, and lots of different stitches. The Queen’s Guard’s hats were stitched in black Fuzzy Stuff which gave them the perfect appearance. The Union Jack is stitched in Neon Rays which gave it a lovely silky image. The clock face on Big Ben ended up being one of my favorite parts of the piece- it’s entirely beaded- which makes it really pop out! The roof of the clock tower is done in Criss Cross Hungarian, to look like shingles.
The stitch guide is available in the March/April issue of Needlepoint Now. We have canvases, thread packs and full kits available at Needlepoint.com– all of which will also include a printed copy of the same stitch guide. They are available for purchase online– or you can call the store at 919-828-5538 for more information!
I know you all will love stitching this one as much as I did, too!
Hey everyone! This has been a crazy week. We’re gearing up for our big Raleigh Retreat at Needlepoint.Com, so much of the past two weeks has been filled with preparations for that. We’re so excited to welcome all our guests to the shop next weekend, and I can hardly wait to teach these classes!
In the mean time, I wanted to share a little ornament that came back from the finisher this week. This Silver Needle Ornament of Santa’s house at the North Pole has been in my stash for a while, and I’m happy to say it’s finally completed.
I used Kreinik #8 Braid to stitch a Bargello pattern for the sky. The snow on the ground is a Dutch stitch, and the snow on the top of Santa’s House is done in Gathered Flair. Of course, the siding on the home was satin stitched using Splendor. The wreath is done in French Knots and I even tied a little bow on the greenery to top it all off! A simple gold trim worked perfectly to tie the whole piece together and provide a finishing touch!
(Plus it matches our St. Louis ornament perfectly!)
I know this is going to be such a sweet little addition to our Christmas tree in 2016!